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[image]A modified F/A-18A sporting a distinctive red, white and blue paint scheme is the test aircraft for - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
A modified F/A-18A sporting a distinctive red, white and blue paint scheme is the test aircraft for the Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) project at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California.
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 7
[image]Proteus at Sunset - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The unique Proteus aircraft served as a test bed for NASA-sponsored flight tests designed to validate collision-avoidance technologies proposed for uninhabited aircraft. The tests, flown over southern New Mexico in March, 2002, used the Proteus as a surrogate uninhabited aerial vehicle (UAV) while three other aircraft flew toward the Proteus from various angles on simulated collision courses. Radio-based "detect, see and avoid" equipment on the Proteus successfully detected the other aircraft an...
Keywords: What -- Proteus; What -- Launch Abort System (LAS); Where -- New Mexico; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
Downloads: 9
[image]Close-up of LSRA Shuttle main gear - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
A space shuttle landing gear system is clearly seen between the two main landing gear components on this NASA CV-990, modified as a Landing Systems Research Aircraft. The space shuttle landing gear test unit, operated by a high-pressure hydraulic system, allowed engineers to assess and document the performance of space shuttle main and nose landing gear systems, tires and wheel assemblies, plus braking and nose wheel steering performance...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 9
[image]Pilot James Barrilleaux with ER-2 aircraft on ramp - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
James Barrilleaux is the assistant chief pilot for ER-2s in the Flight Crew Branch of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The ER-2s--civilian variants of the military U-2S reconnaissance aircraft--are part of NASA's Airborne Science program. The ER-2s can carry airborne scientific payloads of up to 2,600 pounds to altitudes of about 70,000 feet to investigate such matters as earth resources, celestial phenomena, atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, and oceanic processes...
Keywords: Who -- James Barrilleaux
Downloads: 9
[image]X-15 #2 on lakebed after engine failure forced pilot Jack McKay to make an emergency landing at Mud - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
On 9 November 1962, an engine failure forced Jack McKay, a NASA research pilot, to make an emergency landing at Mud Lake, Nevada, in the second X-15 (56-6671); its landing gear collapsed and the X-15 flipped over on its back. McKay was promptly rescued by an Air Force medical team standing by near the launch site, and eventually recovered to fly the X-15 again. But his injuries, more serious than at first thought, eventually forced his retirement from NASA...
Keywords: What -- Mercury; What -- Gemini; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; Where -- Nevada; Where -- Washington; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Ohio
Downloads: 26
[image]X-29 on Lakebed - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
This front-view photo of the X-29 technology demonstrator aircraft shows the X-29 lit by early morning light on Rogers Dry Lake, adjacent to NASA's Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (later redesignated the Dryden Flight Research Center), Edwards, California. Two X-29 aircraft, featuring one of the most unusual designs in aviation history, flew at the Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (now the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California) from 1984 to 1992...
Keywords: What -- WIRE; What -- GE 4; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California; Where -- Ohio
Downloads: 12
[image]X-24B with Test Pilot Lt. Col. Michael V. Love - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
This photo shows Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Michael V. Love in front of the X-24B lifting body research vehicle at Edwards Air Force Base in 1976. Love was assigned as a project pilot on the joint NASA-USAF X-24B Lifting Body flight test program at the NASA Flight Research Center. He made a total of 12 flights in the plane from October 4, 1973 until July 15, 1975. Love flew it to a speed of Mach 1.76 on October 25, 1974, a record for the X-24B...
Downloads: 25
[image]Integrated Test Facility (ITF) - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The NASA-Dryden Integrated Test Facility (ITF), also known as the Walter C. Williams Research Aircraft Integration Facility (RAIF), provides an environment for conducting efficient and thorough testing of advanced, highly integrated research aircraft. Flight test confidence is greatly enhanced by the ability to qualify interactive aircraft systems in a controlled environment. In the ITF, each element of a flight vehicle can be regulated and monitored in real time as it interacts with the rest of...
Keywords: Who -- Walter C. Williams
Downloads: 5
[image]Theseus Waits on Lakebed for First Flight - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The Theseus prototype research aircraft waits on the lakebed before its first test flight from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, on May 24, 1996. The Theseus aircraft, built and operated by Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, was a unique aircraft flown at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, under a cooperative agreement between NASA and Aurora...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California; Where -- Virginia; Where -- West Virginia
Downloads: 7
[image]Pathfinder-Plus flight in Hawaii - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Pathfinder-Plus flight in Hawaii June 2002 AeroVironment's Pathfinder-Plus solar-powered flying wing recently flew a three-flight demonstration of its ability to relay third-generation cell phone and video signals as well as provide Internet linkage. The two pods underneath the center section of the wing carried the advanced two-way telecom package, developed by Japanese telecommunications interests.
Keywords: Where -- Hawaii
Downloads: 6
[image]One of NASA's Two Modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier (SCA) Aircraft in Flight over NASA Dryden Flig - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
One of NASA's Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft flies over the Dryden Flight Research Center main building at Edwards Air Force Base, Edwards, California, in May 1999. NASA uses two modified Boeing 747 jetliners, originally manufactured for commercial use, as Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA). One is a 747-100 model, while the other is designated a 747-100SR (short range). The two aircraft are identical in appearance and in their performance as Shuttle Carrier Aircraft...
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[image]NACA X-Planes on ramp - X-4, D-558-II, D-558-I, X-5, X-1A, XF-92A, X-3 - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
X-3 (center), and clockwise from left: X-1A, D-558-I, XF-92A, X-5, D-558-II, and X-4.
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[image]F-18 HARV in flight close-up of actuated nose strakes - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
NASA's F-18 from the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, soars over the Mojave Desert while flying the third phase of the HARV (High Alpha Research Vehicle) program. This is a closer look at the set of control surfaces called strakes that were installed in the nose of the aircraft. The strakes, outlined in gold and white, are expected to provide improved yaw control at steep angles of attack...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California; Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Downloads: 9
[image]Eclipse program F-106 aircraft in flight, front view - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Shot of the QF-106 aircraft in flight with the landing gear deployed. In 1997 and 1998, the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, California, supported and hosted a Kelly Space & Technology, Inc. project called Eclipse, which sought to demonstrate the feasibility of a reusable tow-launch vehicle concept. The project goal was to successfully tow, inflight, a modified QF-106 delta-wing aircraft with an Air Force C-141A transport aircraft...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 11
[image]F-18 HARV forebody surface flow visualization (close-up) at 26 degree angle of attack - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
A glycol-based liquid, released through very small holes around the nose of an F/A-18 flown by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, for its High Alpha Research Vehicle (HARV) program, aids researchers in flow visualization studies. This photograph, taken postflight, shows the airflow pattern at 26 degrees angle of attack. The program was conducted jointly with NASA's Langley Research Center.
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California; Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Downloads: 6
[image]Shuttle Enterprise Mated to 747 SCA in Flight - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
International Space Station into space where they are assembled in orbit. The Space Shuttles were built by Rockwell International's Space Transportation Systems Division, Downey, California. Rockwell's Rocketdyne Division (now part of Boeing) builds the three main engines, and Thiokol, Brigham City, Utah, makes the solid rocket booster motors. Martin Marietta Corporation (now Lockheed Martin), New Orleans, Louisiana, makes the external tanks...
Keywords: Who -- Dick Scobee; What -- International Space Station (ISS); What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Earth; What -- Enterprise; Where -- California; Where -- Utah; Where -- Louisiana; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC); Where -- Florida; Where -- Paris; Where -- France; Where -- Colorado; Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC)
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[image]Altus I aircraft taking off from lakebed runway - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The remotely-piloted Altus I aircraft takes off from Rogers Dry Lake adjacent to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. The short series of test flights sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School in early August, 1997, were designed to demonstrate the ability of the experimental craft to cruise at altitudes above 40,000 feet for sustained durations. On its final flight Aug. 15, the Altus I reached an altitude of 43,500 feet...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
Downloads: 10
[image]STS-68 on Runway with 747 SCA - Columbia Ferry Flyby - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Systems Division, Downey, California. Rockwell's Rocketdyne Division (now part of Boeing) builds the three main engines, and Thiokol, Brigham City, Utah, makes the solid rocket booster motors. Martin Marietta Corporation (now Lockheed Martin), New Orleans, Louisiana, makes the external tanks. Each orbiter (Space Shuttle) is 121 feet long, has a wingspan of 78 feet, and a height of 57 feet. The Space Shuttle is approximately the size of a DC-9 commercial airliner and can carry a payload of 65,000...
Keywords: What -- STS-6; What -- Columbia
Downloads: 8
[image]F-18 SRA in flight over lakebed - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Systems Research Aircraft (SRA), a highly modified F-18 jet fighter, on an early research flight over Rogers Dry Lake. The former Navy aircraft is being flown by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, to evaluate a number of experimental aerospace technologies in a multi-year, joint NASA/DOD/industry program. Among the more than 20 experiments being flight-tested were several involving fiber optic sensor sys...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Edwards Air Force Base; Where -- California; Where -- Douglas
Downloads: 10
[image]Russian Tu-144LL SST Roll-out for Joint NASA Research Program - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
U.S. Ambassador Pickering addresses Russian and American dignitaries, industry representatives and members of the press during a roll-out ceremony for the modified Tu-144LL supersonic flying laboratory. The ceremony was held at the Zhukovsky Air Development Center near Moscow, Russia, on March 17, 1996. The "LL" designation for the aircraft stands for Letayuschaya Laboratoriya, which means Flying Laboratory in Russian...
Keywords: What -- SST
Downloads: 11
[image]The X-43A hypersonic research aircraft and its modified Pegasus booster rocket nestled under the wi - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The X-43A hypersonic research aircraft and its modified Pegasus booster rocket are nestled under the wing of NASA's NB-52B carrier aircraft during pre-flight systems testing at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. The combined systems test was one of the last major milestones in the Hyper-X research program before the first X-43A flight. The X-43A flights will be the first actual flight tests of an aircraft powered by a revolutionary supersonic-combustion ramjet ("scramjet") engine...
Keywords: What -- Pegasus; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Pacific Ocean
Downloads: 10
[image]Shuttle Atlantis in Mate-Demate Device Being Loaded onto SCA-747 for Return to Kennedy Space Center - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
This photo shows a night view of the orbiter Atlantis being loaded onto one of NASA's Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. Space Shuttles are the main element of America's Space Transportation System and are used for space research and other space applications. The shuttles are the first vehicles capable of being launched into space and returning to Earth on a routine basis...
Keywords: What -- Atlantis; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Earth; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California; Where -- Utah; Where -- Louisiana; Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC); Where -- Florida
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[image]STS-92 - Landing at Edwards Air Force Base - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The Space Shuttle Discovery glides in for landing at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California at the conclusion of mission STS-92 on October 24, 2000. STS-92 was the 100th mission since the fleet of four Space Shuttles began flying in 1981. (Due to schedule changes, missions are not always launched in the order that was originally planned.) The almost 13-day mission, the 46th Shuttle mission to land at Edwards, was the last construction mission for the International Space Station prior to t...
Keywords: Who -- Koichi Wakata; Who -- Leroy Chiao; Who -- Brian Duffy; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Discovery; What -- STS-92; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Edwards Air Force Base; Where -- California
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[image]Proteus aircraft over Las Cruces International Airport in New Mexico. - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The unique Proteus aircraft served as a test bed for NASA-sponsored flight tests designed to validate collision-avoidance technologies proposed for uninhabited aircraft. The tests, flown over southern New Mexico in March, 2002, used the Proteus as a surrogate uninhabited aerial vehicle (UAV) while three other aircraft flew toward the Proteus from various angles on simulated collision courses. Radio-based "detect, see and avoid" equipment on the Proteus successfully detected the other aircraft an...
Keywords: What -- Proteus; What -- Launch Abort System (LAS); Where -- New Mexico; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
Downloads: 9
[image]Internal steel structure of M2-F1 - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The internal steel structure for the M2-F1 was built at the Flight Research Center (predecessor of the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA) in a section of the calibration hangar dubbed "Wright Bicycle Shop." Visible are the stick, rudder pedals, and ejection seat. The external wooden shell was attached to the steel structure. The wingless, lifting body aircraft design was initially conceived as a means of landing an aircraft horizontally after atmospheric reentry...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Downloads: 24
[image]Combiner heating, loading, and pressurization imposed on wing and elevon section of the Space Shuttl - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Combiner heating, loading, and pressurization imposed on wing and elevon section of the Space Shuttl
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[image]Lockheed L-1011 Test Station installation in support of the Adaptive Performance Optimization flight - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Technicians John Huffman, Phil Gonia and Mike Kerner of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, carefully insert a monitor into the Research Engineering Test Station during installation of equipment for the Adaptive Performance Optimization experiment aboard Orbital Sciences Corporation's Lockheed L-1011 in Bakersfield, California, May, 6, 1997. The Adaptive Performance Optimization project is designed to reduce the aerodynamic drag of large subsonic transport aircraft by vary...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 6
[image]JetStar - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The Dryden C-140 JetStar during testing of advanced propfan designs. Dryden conducted flight research in 1981-1982 on several designs. The technology was developed under the direction of the Lewis Research Center (today the Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH) under the Advanced Turboprop Program. Under that program, Langley Research Center in Virginia oversaw work on accoustics and noise reduction...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Glenn Research Center (GRC); Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC); Where -- Virginia
Downloads: 11
[image]F-16XL ship #1 - CAWAP boundary layer rakes and hot film on left wing - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
This photo shows the boundary layer hot film and the boundary layer rakes on the left wing of NASA's single-seat F-16XL (ship #1) used for the Cranked-Arrow Wing Aerodynamic Project (CAWAP) at Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The modified airplane features a delta "cranked-arrow" wing with strips of tubing along the leading edge to the trailing edge to sense static on the wing and obtain pressure distribution data...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 7
[image]LASRE pod being mated to SR-71 - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment is mounted on a NASA SR-71 aircraft Aug. 26, at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, in preparation for the experiment's first flight, which took place on 31 October 1997. The LASRE experiment was designed to provide in-flight data to help Lockheed Martin evaluate the aerodynamic characteristics and the handling of the SR-71 linear aerospike experiment configuration...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California; Where -- United States of America
Downloads: 15
[image]DC-8 Airborne Laboratory in flight during research mission - interior view - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
DC-8 Airborne Laboratory in flight during research mission - interior view
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[image]DC-8 during takeoff in Kiruna, Sweden for the second flight of the SAGE III Ozone Loss and Validatio - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
NASA's DC-8 taking off from the Kiruna, Sweden, runway in January 2000. The weather at this town of 25,000, located north of the Arctic Circle, can be severe. Temperatures drop as low as 50 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. In December 1999, when the SAGE III Ozone Loss and Validation Experiment (SOLVE) deployment began, there were 20 days of darkness. By mid-January 2000, there was 5 hours of daylight, while in mid-February this increased to nine hours per day...
Keywords: What -- SAGE; Where -- Sweden; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
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[image]X-36 Being Prepared on Lakebed for First Flight - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Lit by the rays of the morning sunrise on Rogers Dry Lake, adjacent to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, a technician prepares the remotely-piloted X-36 Tailless Fighter Agility Research Aircraft for its first flight on May 17, 1997. The NASA/Boeing X-36 Tailless Fighter Agility Research Aircraft program successfully demonstrated the tailless fighter design using advanced technologies to improve the maneuverability and survivability of possible future fighter aircraft...
Keywords: What -- WIRE; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California; Where -- Ohio; Where -- Douglas; Where -- Missouri; Where -- Ames Research Center (ARC)
Downloads: 7
[image]Dale Reed with X-38 and a Subscale Model Used in Test Program - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
expected to be 30 feet long. The X-38 project is a joint effort between the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas (JSC), Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia (LaRC) and Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California (DFRC) with the program office located at JSC. A contract was awarded to Scaled Composites, Inc., Mojave, California, for construction of the X-38 test airframes. The first vehicle was delivered to the JSC in September 1996...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC); Where -- Texas; Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC); Where -- Virginia; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
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[image]F-18 HARV in banked flight over snow-capped mountains - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The specially equipped and instrumented F/A-18 research aircraft that was used in NASA's High Alpha Research Vehicle (HARV) program banks high over snow-capped mountains near the Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards, California. The aircraft was equipped with a colored dye fluid system which emits dye from ports in the nose to record surface flow at various angles of attack. It was also equipped with a smoke generating system to visualize flow fields developing at the forward portion of the ...
Keywords: Where -- California
Downloads: 13
[image]A convoy of specialized support vehicles follow the Space Shuttle Endeavour as it is towed up a taxi - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
A convoy of specialized support vehicles follow the Space Shuttle Endeavour as it is towed up a taxiway at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, California, after landing on May 1, 2001. The two largest vehicles trailing the shuttle provide electrical power and air conditioning to the shuttle's systems during post-flight recovery operations. The Endeavour had just completed mission STS-100, an almost 12-day mission to install the Canadarm 2 robotic arm and deliver some ...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Endeavour; What -- STS-100; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Edwards Air Force Base; Where -- California; Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC); Where -- Florida
Downloads: 15
[image]Retired NASA F-18 being hoisted up by crane to pedestal mount at Lancaster California Municipal Base - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Under the watchful eyes of news media and officials of the city of Lancaster, California, from a balcony, workers steady an F/A-18 Hornet airframe as it is gently lifted into the air prior to mounting on a pedestal in front of "The Hangar," the city's municipal stadium. The F/A-18 was formerly flown by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, as a safety chase and support aircraft prior to its recent retirement...
Keywords: Where -- California; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
Downloads: 6
[image]An engineer at AeroVironment's Design Development Center inspects a set of silicon solar cells for p - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
An engineer at AeroVironment's Design Development Center in Simi Valley, California, closely inspects a set of silicon solar cells for potential defects. The cells, fabricated by SunPower, Inc., of Sunnyvale, California, are among 64,000 solar cells which have been installed on the Helios Prototype solar-powered aircraft to provide power to its 14 electric motors and operating systems. Developed by AeroVironment under NASA's Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology (ERAST) project, ...
Keywords: Where -- California
Downloads: 11
[image]Combined Loads Test Fixture with NASP test article installed - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Combined Loads Test Fixture with NASP test article installed
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[image]X-4 with Pilot Joe Walker, Preflight Briefing - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
In this 1952 photograph NACA test pilot Joe Walker (on left) is seen discussing tests points to be flown on the X-4 aircraft with NACA research engineer Donald Bellman. The X-4 Bantam, a single-place, low swept-wing, semi-tailless aircraft, was designed and built by Northrop Aircraft, Inc. It had no horizontal tail surfaces and its mission was to obtain in-flight data on the stability and control of semi-tailless aircraft at high subsonic speeds...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 8
[image]X-31 wing removal - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
U.S. and German personnel of the X-31 Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability Technology Demonstrator aircraft program removing the right wing of the aircraft, which was ferried from Edwards Air Force Base, California, to Europe on May 22, 1995 aboard an Air Force Reserve C-5 transport. The X-31, based at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center was ferried to Europe and flown in the Paris Air Show in June...
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[image]X-34 Technology Testbed Demonstrator on NASA Dryden ramp - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
This is the X-34 Technology Testbed Demonstrator being delivered to NASA Dryden FRC. The X-34 will demonstrate key vehicle and operational technologies applicable to future low-cost resuable launch vehicles.
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[image]Closeup of F-15B Flight Test Fixture (FTF) with X-33 Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
A close up of the Flight Test Fixture II, mounted on the underside of the F-15B Aerodynamic Flight Facility aircraft. The Thermal Protection System (TPS)samples, which included metallic Inconel tiles, soft Advanced Flexible Reusable Surface Insulation tiles, and sealing materials, were attached to the forward-left side position of the test fixture. In-flight video from the aircraft's on-board video system, as well as chase aircraft photos and video footage, documented the condition of the TPS du...
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[image]NASA Research Aircraft - D-558-II, D-558-I, X-5, X-1, XF-92A, X-4 - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
NACA High Speed Flight Station at Edwards AFB South Base. Aircraft are (left to right): D-558-2, D-558-1, X-5, X-1, XF-92A, and X-4. This is an early 1950s color photo of NACA research aircraft in front of the South Base hangar. On the left is the third D-558-2 (NACA 145/Navy 37975). At this time, the aircraft was still in the combined jet and rocket configuration. NACA 145 was used to test a number of wing modifications intended to lessen the pitch up of the aircraft in turns...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- WIRE; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Los Angeles
Downloads: 27
[image]X-1 cockpit instrument panel - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
A Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1 series aircraft cockpit instruments display. The gages reflecting the airplane's parameters such as indicated pressure altitude, indicated airspeed, rocket chamber pressure, fuel and liquid oxygen supply, angle of attack, angle of sideslip, and Mach number are shown. Other information pertinent for the pilot to complete a successful flight is also displayed. There were five versions of the Bell X-1 rocket-powered research aircraft that flew at the NACA High-Speed ...
Keywords: Where -- California
Downloads: 79
[image]F-16XL Ship #2 SLFC - Laminar flow research flight over Grand Canyon - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's modified F-16XL conducts testing on laminar flow during an Oct. 1996 research mission over the Grand Canyon. The research being conducted involves a delta-winged F-16XL modified with a "glove" which is made of titanium. The glove contains more than 10 million holes and has a suction system attached to the lower surface which is comprised of tubes, valves and a compressor...
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[image]A NASA F/A-18, participating in the Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR) project, flies over the Dryden - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
A NASA F/A-18 is participating in the Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR) project. The 300-gallon aerial refueling store seen on the belly of the aircraft carries fuel and a refueling drogue. This aircraft acts as a tanker in the study to develop an aerodynamic model for future automated aerial refueling, especially of unmanned vehicles.
Keywords: What -- Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS)
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[image]Spacewedge #3 Being Loaded onto Cessna for Drop Test - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Crew members load a Spacewedge subscale research model into a Cessna aircraft for flight testing in 1996. The Spacewedge was drop-launched from the Cessna and then glided back to a soft landing under a steerable parafoil. From October 1991 to December 1996, NASA Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (after 1994, the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California) conducted a research program know as the Spacecraft Autoland Project...
Keywords: What -- SIM; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Edwards Air Force Base; Where -- California; Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Downloads: 9
[image]X-38 - Rear View in Hangar - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
expected to be 30 feet long. The X-38 project is a joint effort between the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas (JSC), Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia (LaRC) and Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California (DFRC) with the program office located at JSC. A contract was awarded to Scaled Composites, Inc., Mojave, California, for construction of the X-38 test airframes. The first vehicle was delivered to the JSC in September 1996...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC); Where -- Texas; Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC); Where -- Virginia; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 13
[image]NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin speaks at the X-34 rollout ceremony April 30, 1999 - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin speaks at the X-34 rollout ceremony April 30, 1999
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